It never ceases to amaze me that some people are not willing to appreciate or respect differences. I've been "unfriended" on Facebook and within my off-line circle of friends, plus called some not-so-attractive names due to my religious and political beliefs.
I am conservative, Catholic and quite vocal on several issues. Yes, there are times, when debating, my thoughts have been downright acrimonious. I've had to bite my tongue (ahem ... and take it to the confessional), but I do my best to be respectful and diplomatic while listening and responding to contrary points of view. Even when views go against all my beliefs, it serves no purpose to be uncharitable. Setting an example of kindness and decency is the only way to open eyes and hearts.
We all have the right to our beliefs and the right to voice our opinions; however, it should not give us license to be cruel or hateful. It is not the Christian way.